Question: What was the first concert you ever attended, and how old were you?
Gosh, we were visiting my aunt and uncle in Wichita. Paul Revere and the Raiders were playing locally, and I was granted permission to go. I was either 12 or 13. I had a blast. About twenty years ago, Mark Lindsey [former lead singer and heart throb of PR], was playing in a casino in mid California. I was out there, again visiting the same aunt, and a friend of hers offered to go to see him with me. He hung aaround to meet us all, and I was still thrilled. He was still a hunk, and could still sing!
I have no idea. Probably the first memorable one was seeing Destiny's Child at the rodeo. Fourth grade so I was 9. I was with a group of friends and a mom, and I was perfectly content to watch the rodeo and stay for the concert. But the rest of the girls complained it was too loud and we left in the middle of the set.
When they were young and I was younger than they were. Oh wait, since they are ancient now, saw them again a few years ago, that means......I'm just a little less ancient than they are!
Ditto the Beatles. And Elvis, when he was young and thin. And Big Brother and the Holding Company when they had a lead singer named....Janis Joplin. And Jimmy Hendrix when he was young. And Jefferson Airplane.....before they got the lead singer Grace Slick. OMG, some of those people are dead! We all said we'd never live to be 30!
What's cool is going to concerts now and seeing the Stones and everyone else in old age. Mick Jagger is about the only rock singer who kept his good voice. As a serial concert goer, The Who, The Guess Who, and every other rock band around, Linda Ronstadt, before she shacked up with the governor of California, Oliver, before he went solo, Jimmy Buffet before he was famous, etc., I still enjoy the bands. I did sit out Woodstock, having just gone to the big festival before that one. The same groups who were at woodstock had been at a festival in July, 3 days of music and heat for us. And a lot of the warmups were later famous, such as Carol King, who was the warm up singer for groups when she was writing songs but not recognized as a performer in her own right.
Flashback to the good old days, when rock bands ruled and we all loved to go see them.
i saw harry chapin at southampton college in '71 or '72 with my older sister.
lights were low and little kids were running around--it was pretty charming.
then elton john and kiki dee at madison square garden in 1974 for an entirely different experience!
after that a couple of years of dead and zappa while in california.
oh to be 19 in 1979 again!!!!!
No way, Larksmom! My first concert was when I was about 12, and it was Paul Revere and the Raiders. I went with my best friend from school, and we loved it. That's so funny! I have never met anyone else who went to one of their concerts.
My mother believed in art and music culture, so piano lessons began at four years of age, symphony concerts at five years of age, and trips to art museums, science museums and restaurants began once we reached six. Up until the age of five, we stayed home and learned how to behave both at home and in public. My mother was easily embarrassed and didn't want her children acting badly in public. After we reached the age of six, she broadened our exposure to include Broadway shows and movies at the cinema, but a classical cultural education was the mainstay.
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